In addition to our own salmon fishing accommodation in Scotland at Bradbush House, we are able to recommend a number of accommodation options.
The most important issue on the angler’s itinerary, after the fishing itself, is finding a good place to stay. As an inclusive part of one of our fishing weeks, quality accommodation will always be carefully pre-selected, in a location convenient to the fishing. For the free roaming angler who likes to explore and set up their own itinerary, the following may be of interest.
We anglers are, on the whole, tricky to cater for. We like accommodation that is close to the fishing. We like to get up early and fish before breakfast on hot summer days. We often stay out late and fish into the gloaming if the conditions are good and there are fish moving into the river. We might want to fish into the night for a Sea Trout. We need facilities for drying our gear and perhaps somewhere to store our made up rods.
Having said all this, we do not want to sacrifice any of the luxuries a good hostelry can offer. There is nothing better than to meet in the bar and enjoy a cold beer on a hot day or a dram by an open fire on a cold one. We like to relax in a well-stuffed armchair. We all enjoy the excellent food that Scotland has to offer and dinner with a glass of wine is to be savoured. This is also the time to catch up with colleagues on the events of the day and to make new acquaintances. The atmosphere should be relaxed and not too formal, but we should feel comfortable wearing a jacket and tie.
Do such hotels exist? During our travels and fishing adventures throughout Scotland we have been fortunate to discover a number of hotels that can provide exactly this. We strongly recommend the following hotels; they are listed in relation to the part of the river or beat you are fishing.
Seafield Lodge Hotel, Woodside Avenue, Grantown on Spey, Moray
Home to Arthur Oglesby’s fishing courses over the years and long established as a fisher friendly hotel,
a tradition we are keen to continue. An elegant Victorian hotel offering comfortable accommodation;
and bespoke packages with a variety of fishing options. Warm Highland hospitality, fine restaurant,
cosy bar, boasting over 65 malts; the ideal base for your fishing holiday.
Midweek or Weekend Golf and Fishing Breaks in the Scottish Highlands
The Seafield Lodge dates back to 1879 and over the years has been extended and modernised to offer the
discerning visitor welcoming en-suite facilities, television, internal telephone, internet access, hairdryer
and tea and coffee making facilities. There are also two suites, Salmon and Trout, which may be used as
family rooms, each having a separate sitting room, bedroom with a King sized bed and bathroom with spa bath.
If you need any help or advice, your hosts, Trevor and Loretta Lockwood would be pleased to help you plan your stay.
Tel 01340 871374/Mob 07514 179035
Craigellachie Lodge is a beautiful Victorian mansion set in Craigellachie, in the Spey Valley. The Lodge offers bed & breakfast, room only or self-catering accommodation. Guests have the use of the rod room to store all fishing equipment.
Tel 01340 871488 Fax 01340 871 038
A friendly hotel with a welcoming atmosphere and a reputation for good food. The Dowans Hotel offers a rare opportunity for guests to relax and enjoy the elegance of a Scottish country hotel. Set high above the village of Charlestown of Aberlour, overlooking the River Spey, close to a variety of excellent fishing at Aberlour Association Water (the hotel has reserved rods), Kinermony, Delagyle and Wester Elchies.
The Archiestown Hotel, Archiestown, By Aberlour, Moray AB38 7QL
A warm and friendly small hotel, personally run by new owners, Jane and Alan Hunter. Fishing parties are very welcome as we are just a cast away from some of the finest beats on the River Spey. Archiestown is right on the Whisky Trail and there are over 20 golf courses within an hours drive should a break from fishing be needed! We now have 11 Fully en-suite comfortable bedrooms, and the superb cuisine, using only the best local produce, in the informal refurbished and enlarged Bistro is complimented by a well balanced wine list. Our new Bar area is now open for that ‘just a pint or a dram’ with a wide range of Speyside Malts to sample. Shooting parties are also welcome. We offer a with a wide choice of packed lunches, and have a drying room, rod room, freezer and flexible meal times to accommodate those wanting to fish early mornings or evenings.
Banchory Lodge Hotel, Dee Street, Banchory, Kincardineshire, Scotland, AB31 5HS.
Banchory Lodge Hotel is privately owned and offers superior accommodation in an idyllic riverside setting.
The fresh flowers and open fires are welcome features to enhance the homely atmosphere. Anglers can walk
across the lawn to fish the hotel beat or other nearby beats can be rented daily or weekly. The accommodation
is traditionally decorated and furnished and includes two four poster and spacious family rooms.
Many of the 22 bedrooms have river views, all are en suite with tea and coffee making facilities. The hotel bar is dominated by an ornately carved oak counter complimenting original paintings and an open fire. Here you can sample specialist malt whiskies or choose from the large selection of wines and other spirits. Relax and enjoy morning coffee, bar lunches or traditional afternoon teas served in comfortable lounges with river views. Dine in the dining room overlooking the confluence of the rivers Feugh and Dee. The daily menu offers an imaginative range of dishes including Dee Salmon and Aberdeen Angus Beef. Our welcome awaits you.
The Marcliffe at Pitfodels Hotel, North Deeside Road, Pitfodels, Aberdeen, AB1 9YA.
The Marcliffe at Pitfodels is a country hotel with a five star STB rating on the outskirts of Aberdeen. It is a member of The Small Luxury Hotels of the World consortium and the Tartan Collection of Hotels and Restaurants in Scotland.
It is a family run hotel, proud of its atmosphere of warmth, ease and charm. It is set amidst mature trees in 8 acres of wooded grounds and has an instantly recognisable feel of the country. Each of the Marcliffe’s 4 suites and 38 bedrooms has been individually designed with the comfort of guests in mind. Antique furniture links with traditional and contemporary styles of fabric to create an atmosphere of comfort and good taste. The Hotel is renowned for the quality of it’s cuisine and has an extensive wine cellar and selection of fine malt whiskies.
The Marcliffe is perfectly situated for exploring Aberdeen and beautiful Royal Deeside. It is convenient for anglers fishing the fine beats of the middle and lower Dee. It can also offer a wide range of salmon and sea trout fishing packages in over 20 beats on the famous Rivers Dee and Don. Fishing guides, casting tuition, equipment and clothing are all available on request.
Knockomie Hotel, Grantown Road, Forres, Moray, IV36 2SG
Overlooking the Royal Burgh of Forres, Knockomie is ideally situated to visit castles, distilleries and golf courses, while salmon and deer await the keen sportsman.
The hotel is particularly convenient for salmon anglers fishing the middle and lower Findhorn.There are 15 bedrooms, some with four poster beds, all individually decorated with soft furnishings and period furniture.The restaurant uses the best of Scottish produce to specialise in the Taste of Scotland. This is complemented by an extensive wine list and a large collection of malt whiskies. An ideal location to visit the many castles, including Cawdor, Brodie and Ballindalloch or the unique Whisky Trail in the Spey Valley. Loch Ness is less than an hour away waiting to reveal its secret.
Other opportunities include stalking and shooting in the glens, or fishing in the lochs and rivers. Local golf courses include Lossiemouth, Hopeman, Forres, Nairn (championship) and Dornoch (championship).